Note from yesterday’s message: I read the NASB translation and it read “But” at the beginning of verse 10. The word can be translated either way depending on context. Whether or not we should take it as a contrast or an addition the message remains accurate.
However, I think “and” is better after reading Peter’s explanation of the event in ch. 11.
The praying and the hunger were all part of the process for Peter to see God’s plan to save the Nations! He would not have went to Cornelius without the Lord’s intervention.
Hearing Peter report what happened reminds me of Genesis 1–the creation story. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus has set in motion the New Creation!
Even Cornelius and his household are brought into the Kingdom of God. How do they come? Faith in Christ comes by hearing the message of Christ.
While Peter was still *saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. – Acts 10:44
…he will *declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ – Acts 11:14
Now those who were scattered because of the persecution…*speaking the word to no one except Jews. – Acts 11:19
But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch *spoke to the Hellenists also, *preaching the Lord Jesus. – Acts 11:20
We must not be silent! Why?
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. – Acts 11:21
Here’s a description of discipleship and what happens when teaching and speaking the gospel are the mission:
For a whole year they met with the church and *taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. – Acts 11:26
Faith comes by hearing! If you are a witness of the grace of Christ, may you fill your network of people with the good news of Jesus!